State Farm drops support of LGBTQ kids books after conservative furor

State Farm ended its support of the GenderCool Project after the partnership to promote inclusivity had “been the subject of news and customer inquiries.”

By Timothy BellaMay 24, 2022

How the Biden administration let right-wing attacks derail its disinformation efforts

Nina Jankowicz was the subject of online attacks from the moment she was named head of the newly created Disinformation Governance Board. Three weeks later, the Department of Homeland Security said the board's work would be "paused."

By Taylor LorenzMay 18, 2022

Followers are a valuable currency. Who should own them?

A new coalition of startups is calling on tech giants to stop holding followers hostage.

By Taylor LorenzMay 13, 2022

Ukraine sells 700,000 stamps celebrating defiance to sunken Russian flagship Moskva

Ukrainians also celebrated Russian battlefield setbacks by making memes and an NFT of the recaptured oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk.

By Amy ChengApril 20, 2022

Meet the woman behind Libs of TikTok, secretly fueling the right’s outrage machine

In just one year, the Twitter account has helped steer the outrage machine at the center of right-wing messaging and legislation.

By Taylor LorenzApril 19, 2022

Can getting dunked on online win an election?

Long-shot candidates build social media clout, and donor lists, by “running against villains.”

By Taylor Lorenz and David WeigelApril 15, 2022

Does traveling to every country count if you don’t post on the Internet?

The field of travel influencers is lucrative and largely unregulated. A recent lawsuit against the self-proclaimed “first woman to travel to every country” attempts to correct the record.

By Taylor LorenzApril 13, 2022

Internet ‘algospeak’ is changing our language in real time, from ‘nip nops’ to ‘le dollar bean’

To avoid angering the almighty algorithm, creators on TikTok and other platforms are creating a new vocabulary.

By Taylor LorenzApril 8, 2022

Internet communities are battling over pixels

Reddit's r/Place shows that to have a voice online, you must be part of a movement.

By Taylor LorenzApril 4, 2022
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Facebook paid GOP firm to malign TikTok

Targeted Victory pushed local operatives across the country to boost messages calling TikTok a threat to American children. “Dream would be to get stories with headlines like ‘From dances to danger,'" one campaign director said.

By Taylor Lorenz and Drew HarwellMarch 30, 2022

Stephen Wilhite, computer programmer who created the GIF, dies at 74

He pronounced it "jif," like the peanut butter brand.

By Harrison SmithMarch 24, 2022

Doomscrolling got you down? Take a break at a digital rest stop.

People are craving ways to log off without really logging off.

By Taylor LorenzMarch 22, 2022

How Stepan, Ukraine’s most famous cat, escaped the war to safety

For creators in Ukraine, an online following can be a lifeline.

By Taylor LorenzMarch 17, 2022

The White House is briefing TikTok stars about the war in Ukraine

With millions getting their information about the war from the platform, the administration wants to get its message to top content creators.

By Taylor LorenzMarch 11, 2022

Twitter is looking for younger users. It’s turning to the tech world’s teen savant to help find them.

Twitter has hired the tech world's most savvy observers of young users to help the service recruit more young people and compete with TikTok.

By Taylor LorenzMarch 8, 2022

Estée Lauder exec ousted after posting racist covid-19 meme featuring ‘Sesame Street’ characters

Senior Estée Lauder executive John Demsey was told to leave the company over a meme he posted on Instagram that used the n-word in a joke about "Sesame Street's" Snuffleupagus contracting the coronavirus.

By Lindsey BeverMarch 1, 2022

Ukrainian agency, urging removal of road signs, posts fake photo with a colorful message for Russia

The photo of the blue road sign, which tells Russian forces how Ukrainians feel about the invasion in three different ways, is an illustrative joke from Ukravtodor, the government agency for the national road system, during a heavy moment in Ukraine’s history.

By Timothy BellaFebruary 26, 2022

Meet the ‘Crocodile of Wall Street’ rapper accused of laundering billions of dollars in crypto

Heather Morgan has two distinct personas: one as a successful tech entrepreneur and another as Razzlekhan, the self-proclaimed “Crocodile of Wall Street” who raps about investing in meme stocks and getting high in a cemetery.

By María Luisa PaúlFebruary 13, 2022

Pam and Tommy, sex tape pioneers, changed the Internet forever. They didn’t ask for it.

What began as a disgruntled electrician stealing a safe turned into an infamous ’90s soap opera of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee that spanned far beyond sex and rock-and-roll — and became “the greatest love story ever sold.”

By Timothy BellaJanuary 30, 2022

Couch Guy to West Elm Caleb: Inside the making of a TikTok ‘villain’

What began as a way for young women to share their qualms with West Elm Caleb — or any other not-so-kind date — muddled the line between support and ridicule, with hordes of commenters and content creators jumping on board.

By María Luisa PaúlJanuary 23, 2022